Although, there are several new fitness routines that make many jump in excitement, (think high-intensity interval training, aerial yoga et al), not all of us can share the same enthusiasm.
After a late night work schedule, an undisturbed, silent sleep is a modern-day miracle for city dwellers like us and all we want is to catch up on our lucid dreams than run on a treadmill.
Looking for the plausible solution to our woes, here's the perfect solution for all those who, like us, are looking to nail the balance between living fit and living life in tandem. A new exercise routine has emerged to change our idea of fitness and overall health; at the same time giving us the space to catch up on our precious, beloved sleep.
It's called napercise. David Lloyd Clubs, a Hatfield, England based sports, health and leisure business has come up with the innovative exercise routine for all those who want to get cracking on their fitness goals and sleep—all at the same time.
The 60-minute class commences and concludes with enthusiasts performing a set of tension-releasing stretches, post which a good 45-minute sleep is provided, complete with a suitable napping-friendly room temperature along with your own eye-mask, bed, and blanket.
The class is created to allow the mind to "reinvigorate" and "improve moods, at the same time, burn the odd calorie." Sounds brilliant?
While many may brand this class as a money-minting oddity, with some critics arguing why anyone would pay to sleep, experts feel this fitness class could be on its path to revolutionizing the way we live today.
According to a study conducted by the Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, participants who indulged in a 45-minute nap in the middle of their day handled stress better than those who did not. Another study from UC Berkeley found out that an afternoon nap can also help in boosting the brain's learning capacity.
“According to our research, 86 percent of parents admit to regularly suffering from fatigue which is alarmingly high when you consider the important role getting a good night’s sleep can play in our overall mental and physical and wellbeing,” said a company spokesperson, via a press release.
“We’re always looking for new ways to tackle the issues that everyday families face, which is what ‘Napercise’ sets out to do,” the statement added further.
The company ran their first test trial in last year, in April in Sidcup, Kent and the company stated that it would roll out the idea in other clubs across the UK if the activity is a success.
According to a report published by HuffPost, more than 100 people had signed up for free trial sessions and the reactions were “really positive with everyone really excited to try the class for a number of reasons, including parents who find it hard to relax at home."
The company also stated that if people did not get to sleep during the allotted time period, they expect people to at least “get the most out of the class in terms of feeling invigorated, rested and restored, both in mind and body.”
Waste of money or the perfect exercise routine for not-so early-risers? We'd like to believe in the latter.
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